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Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-one percent (51%) disapprove. 

The latest figures include 33% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 43% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -10. (see trends). 

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The Senate on Monday will open hearings into an eleventh-hour accusation introduced last week by Democratic California Senator Diane Feinstein of a sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh alleged to have taken place when the judge was a high school student.  

Prior to the release of that information, 39% of all voters said they were more likely to vote for a U.S. senator in their state who votes to confirm Kavanaugh, while 34% said they were less likely to vote for that senator. Just 20% said a confirmation vote for Kavanaugh would have no impact on their voting decision in November.

Whatever emerges from the hearings, voters in both major parties are equally enthusiastic — and determined — about casting their ballots this fall

Most voters say they plan on voting for someone other than the incumbent in the upcoming election and, if given the option, would send everyone in Congress packing.

But when it comes to political labels, moderate and conservative are best for candidates, socialist the worst.

Forty-four percent (44%) of voters think the country is heading in the right direction, two points higher than in the previous week.

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Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Space Exploration Technologies Corp., also known as SpaceX, in a news conference last night introduced his first paying customer, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, for a trip to the moon scheduled for launch in 2023 aboard SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket. 

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' rocket company, Blue Origin, also has plans for space tourism, with low-earth orbit launches scheduled for as early as next year, but most Americans aren’t interested in taking the trip, even if they could afford the hefty ticket price.

As Hurricane Florence pounded the Carolina coast this weekend, many in the storm’s path chose to stay put and ride it out rather than follow the government’s mandatory evacuation orders. But Americans don’t think emergency responders are obligated to help those who ignore those orders.

Is global warming causing extreme weather, and should the government be doing anything about it? We’ll tell you at 10:30 what voters say and what it’s worth to them.

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Some readers wonder how we come up with our job approval ratings for the president since they often don’t show as dramatic a change as some other pollsters do. It depends on how you ask the question and whom you ask.

To get a sense of longer-term job approval trends for the president, Rasmussen Reports compiles our tracking data on a full month-by-month basis.

Rasmussen Reports has been a pioneer in the use of automated telephone polling techniques, but many other firms still utilize their own operator-assisted technology (see methodology).

Daily tracking results are collected via telephone surveys of 500 likely voters per night and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. To reach those who have abandoned traditional landline telephones, Rasmussen Reports uses an online survey tool to interview randomly selected participants from a demographically diverse panel. The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 1,500 Likely Voters is +/- 2.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Results are also compiled on a full-week basis and crosstabs for full-week results are available for Platinum Members.

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